FAIRFAX — Jean Louis ‘Joe’ Rainville, 85, died peacefully on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at his home with his loving family by his side. Joe was born on July 15, 1928, in St. Hyacinthe, P.Q. Canada, the son of the late Omer and Cecilia Bernard Rainville. On Aug. 18, 1951 he married the love of his life, Cecile Laferriere and they were married for over 62 years.
Joe’s first love was his wife, his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a farmer most his life and taught himself the trade of woodworking after retiring from farming. He loved his vegetable garden and the outdoors. He touched and comforted many people throughout his lifetime by giving them strength, support, and encouragement during their troubled times.
He is survived by his wife, Cecile and his children and their spouses, Claude and Christine Rainville, Mark and Sheri Rainville, Diane and Rick Marsh, Norman Rainville, Louise and Jeff Webb and Lynn Parah. He also leaves 12 grandchildren and their spouses, Aaron Rainville and Tara Cushing, Nicole and Lee Bates, Matt and Mira Rainville, Adam and Brenon Rainville, Michelle and Dan Fletcher, Ryan and Ashley Marsh, Katie and Tim Bessette, Allison and Paul Lague, Ashley, Melanie, and Danielle Parah and 10 great grandchildren, Natalie, Mariah, Kayleigh, Megan, Maya, Evan, Sean, Anna, Ryaleigh and Kelsey.
He is also survived by two brothers and their spouses, Jean Guy and Fernande Rainville and Gilles and Claudette Rainville of Fairfax; three sisters, Fernande Tougas; Imelda and spouse, John Tougas, of Swanton and Therese Paquette of Jericho; five brother and and sister-in- laws, Denise and Alan Parent of Lyndonville, Reginald and Sandra Laferriere of St. Albans and Monica Butler of Claremont, N.H., and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by six brothers, Harvey, Gaston, Laurent, Robert, Bernard and Paul; three sisters, Madeleine; Marie Paule and Noella; five brothers-in-law, three sisters-in-law and four nieces and nephews.
Calling hours to celebrate Joe’s life will be held on Friday, March 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. at A.W. Rich Funeral Home in Fairfax. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, March 8 at 11 a.m. at St. Luke’s Church in Fairfax with Reverend Henry Furman officiating with burial immediately following at St. Luke’ Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Franklin County Home Health and Hospice, 3 Home Health Circle, Suite 1, St. Albans, VT 05478. The family invites you to share your memories and condolences by visiting www.awrfh.com.